Note: If one piece of ID does not have your name, photo or signature, you may present two pieces of non-expired, government-issued ID that together demonstrate all three requirements.
Acceptable forms of primary ID include:
driver's licensegovernment-issued IDgovernment-issued work IDmilitary IDNEXUS cardPassportpermanent resident visa or green cardprovincial health card (if photo is included)
Acceptable forms of secondary ID include:provincial or state health cardsocial security card (US)study permit (must be original and non-expired)
Acceptable forms of secondary ID include:
the emailed confirmation of your scheduled appointment
a stethoscope (not needed if you are being assessed for a health care aide role)
you must wear clothing appropriate to the nursing role in which you assessment
You must show up 20 minutes in advance of your scheduled appointment, have your stethoscope (unless you are a health care aide), and be dressed in the work clothes appropriate to your role. For information on NCAS' COVID-19 protocols, please click here.
When you walk into the assessment room, you will find the following:
Note: You won’t find a sink in any of the assessment rooms. Any water that you need for patient purposes will be provided for you in a basin or pitcher. Each room will have hand sanitizer and gloves for you to use.
Every assessment room also has an observation room where a camera technician sits. Additional people may be present in the observation room, this is solely for training purposes and their presence has no impact on your scoring.
You will also notice cameras in the assessment room that will record your performance. The first thing the assessor will have you do is face one of the cameras, and state your name and NCAS ID.
Once you enter the room, you will have five minutes to read the chart. You may make notes (paper will be provided). The assessor will indicate when you may begin the simulation. Each of the four simulations may run from 20 – 60 minutes based on the nursing role. This is true even if you are being assessed for two professions at once. The assessor will notify you when your time is up. If you have completed your nursing practice before the time is up, review the chart to make sure you have not missed anything. After each role play, you will take part in the Oral Assessment, which comprises a series of questions posed by the assessor – the standardized patient is not part of the oral assessment.
When you have finished your oral assessment, you’ll be asked to leave the room. You will be met outside by NCAS staff, and asked to take a seat outside the next assessment room.
The duration of the Simulation Lab Assessment (SLA) depends on the profession for which you're being assessed.